Archbishop Jerome Hanus retired for health reasons and not because of the pending depositions. "I await the opportunity to be deposed," he said.
A major European regulator will conduct an expanded evaluation of the Vatican's latest efforts to prevent money laundering and the funding of terrorism.
Moneyval, the monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe, agreed Tuesday to expand its next scheduled review of Vatican policies and procedures. The decision came in response to a request from the Vatican.
The number of cases still pending is down to seven.
The Green Bay, Wis., diocese agreed to a $700,000 settlement with two brothers in a case that appeared headed toward a second trial.
The release "will shed much-needed light on how the archdiocese responded to abuse survivors," said Archbishop Jerome Listeki.
Court proceedings have been on hold for more than a year following Bishop George Thomas' pledge to transparency and open access to records and accused priests' files.
Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Los Angeles archdiocese and an ex-priest agreed to settlements in four clergy abuse-related cases, totaling $9.9 million.
NCR Today: Sex abuse was on the front page of the Chicago Tribune with the release of 7,000 documents detailing the extent of the problem in the diocese of Joliet, Ill.
While Cardinal Roger Mahony entered the Sistine Chapel in Rome Tuesday to begin the process of electing the next pope, his name made headlines in his home diocese for other reasons.
The cardinal, the Los Angeles archdiocese and an ex-priest agreed to settlements in four clergy abuse-related cases, totaling $9.9 million. The settlements are the first since the late January court-ordered release of 12,000 pages of abuse-related documents, and Mahony’s ban from public and administrative duties in the archdiocese.
The next pope must be "very aware" of the need for vigilance in preventing clergy sex abuse, said Chicago's Cardinal Francis George.